Enhanced ferromagnetism and spin-polarized tunneling studies in Co-Mn alloy films

Tae Hee Kim, Jagadeesh S. Moodera

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Enhanced ferromagnetism is observed for extended alloy compositions in (formula presented) (formula presented) films grown in ultraclean conditions at liquid nitrogen temperature. For these alloys, high values of spin polarization were also measured using the Meservey-Tedrow technique of spin-polarized tunneling. Ferromagnetic behavior exists even in (formula presented) alloy films, where earlier bulk studies show only antiferromagnetic behavior for alloy compositions with (formula presented) X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy data show a metastable fcc phase for our films, which is likely responsible for the enhanced magnetic moment. Our work shows the importance of the local environment of Mn, which is expected to dictate the magnetic interactions in these alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2002


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